Jacaranda, a chamber music series that presents contemporary, new or rarely heard classical music brings “Hallucination” on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at 8 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica. The program features the music of avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis. Featured artists will be the virtuoso vocal group, VOXNOVA Italia, and cellist, Timothy Loo.
This concert is the centerpiece of three events planned by Jacaranda next week honoring Stockhausen's muse and widow, artist Mary Bauermeister. Bauermeister will be performing and reading from her Memoirs in two other events (Jan.22 and Jan.26th, 2014) along with attending the "Hallucination" concert.
VOXNOVA Italia is the new name of VOXNOVA, an acclaimed European vocal ensemble founded 22 years ago in France. This group is now comprised of five Italian contemporary vocal music specialists under the direction of founder, bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood.
Making their international debut on Jan. 25th's "Hallucination" concert, these highly accomplished vocalists will perform Stockhausen’s 70-minute masterpiece “Stimmung” (“Tuning/mood/atmosphere”) for six amplified voices.
The 15 minute solo cello piece, “Nomos Alpha” (1966) by Iannis Xenakis will be performed by cellist Timothy Loo. In a recent press release, this work was described as "considered impossible to perform as written. Loo will employ innovative new technology to completely render the work."
JACARANDA'S "HALLUCINATION" Concert - Saturday, January 25, 2014 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd Street, Santa Monica, 90401.
Iannis Xenakis: Nomos Alpha (solo cello, 1966) - performed by cellist, Timothy Loo
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Stimmung (1968) - performed by VOXNOVA Italia
Tickets: $45 general admission and $20 for students. Pre-concert talk at 7pm. For more information and tickets visit: www.JacarandaMusic.org or call (213) 483-0216.
Wednesday, January 22, 8 p.m., MARY MEETS KARLHEINZ, Villa Aurora
Nicholas Isherwood, Bass-Baritone and Founder of VOXNOVA Italia, performs “Capricorn” for singer and electronics, written for him by the composer. Isherwood will wear the original 1974 costume designed by Stockhausen’s widow, Mary Bauermeister. Isherwood was a protégé of the composer, and creator of "Lucifer" in Stockhausen's trilogy, "Licht."
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontakte (4-channels, 1960)
Karlheniz Stockhausen: Capricorn (singer & 4-channels, 1974) from Tierkreis (Zodiac)
WHERE: Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272; Shuttle starts at 7pm; Tickets: $25/$15 students.
Sunday, January 26, 3 p.m., MARY ELECTRIFRIES, Goethe Institute, Los Angeles
Planned as an 80th birthday tribute to Bauermeister, the second of Stockhausen’s four wives, this afternoon event features Bauermeister in person, and will focus on her life and work. Bauermeister will discuss the musical and visual ideas the couple exchanged. Letters and other artistic artifacts will be on display. “Tribute to Mary Bauermeister,” a nine-minute animated film showing her with John Cage, Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik, will also be screened.
Mary Bauermeister - reading selections from her Memoir, screening of movie and musical improvisation with Nicholas Isherwood.
WHERE: Goethe Institute, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036;
Free admission; Online RSVP requested.
For tickets and more information on all three programs, please visit www.JacarandaMusic.org or call (213) 483-0216.